Elfsborg centre-back Joseph Okumu has said he intends to leave the Swedish club this summer in order to prove himself in a bigger league.
The Kenyan international has been linked with Rangers in recent months and speaking out about his future this week, the 6ft 4 defender claims he is open to offers:
“The Swedish league is a springboard for all players. If you do it well, hopefully, the right opportunity arises. If the right option emerges, I definitely want to take the next step. It depends on the project. It’s not just about going to a top league or a top team. It’s all about where I can go and develop, where my playing style fits and where I can make an impression. I’m not just moving to move. It is important to see the bigger picture. It’s the dream all players have.”
Okumu has a contract with Elfsborg until 2022 so a transfer fee will be required to secure the 23-year-old’s services. There will also be competition for the player, with Valencia, Napoli and Nice all believed to be keeping tabs on him.
Some have questioned whether Gers boss Steven Gerrard actually needs another centre-half. With Nikola Katic close to making his comeback from injury, and George Edmundson returning from his loan spell at Derby in the summer, the Light Blues could have six centre-backs in the first-team squad.
However, Okumu is not the only defender to be linked with a move to Ibrox in recent weeks. Reports in the Netherlands also claim Rangers are after Vitesse Arnhem’s Danilho Doekhi.